Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Erica Strong!

2021 Finalist
Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon

Learn More About Erica

Erica Strong is one of four Connecticut Teacher of the Year finalists. Following graduation from Eastern Connecticut State University, Strong began her career as the 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Lebanon Middle School. She has remained there for the past six years, emerging as teacher leader after receiving her Master's degree in teacher leadership from Quinnipiac University. 

Strong is passionate about providing a supportive and loving environment where students take risks and responsibility for their learning. Students in her classroom are always discussing and working together to make connections from literary themes to the real-world. The units of study in her class are differentiated for the learning style, strengths, weaknesses and interests of all students, prioritizing social-emotional learning. Working with students and other teachers, she has built a library and curriculum that is reflective of an ever-growing society needing to understand adversity. Students leave her classroom reflective of the impact they have as citizens and the power of being an activist opposed to a bystander for underrepresented and unprivileged groups.

Beyond the classroom, Strong serves as the grade-level team leader and a teacher leader in the building. She recently received her Sixth Year administrative degree from Quinnipiac. Strong inspires other teachers to come into the field of education by hosting student-teachers from nearby colleges. In and out of the work day, she does what she loves while promoting the importance of education.
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Gladys Tantaquidgeon
10th generation of Chief Uncas
Tribal Citizens
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